Windows activation rechecking

What I'm wondering is how often windows rechecks it's activation status online.

I have a retail copy of Win7. I have an install of this on my old motherboard one one hard disc (waiting to be deleted once I've pulled my data from it), and then I upgraded so I've got my current install on my new motherboard on my new SSD. I activated the old one back when I installed it, and then after the upgrade activated the new one, which as I understand it should 'move' the activation as you can only have one copy of the OS installed at a time. So far so good.

Now the fly in the ointment, the chipset on my new motherboard isn't the right one to get the most out of my 3570K (H77 vs Z77, there's not a lot of explicit details in the specs to say "use this one for unlocked multipliers" ) so a replacement might be in order and I can see two ways of it playing out.

-One is a straight swap, going straight to the replacement and I wouldn't anticipate any problem with windows activations.

-The other would be temporarily going back to the old windows install on the old hardware, but I could see problems with windows if it rechecks it's activation status because it would see I've activated other hardware.

Would there be any problems with moving activations around so often (3 times: to new hardware, back to old, back to new)? Does windows only check once at install time and that's it (I doubt it) or very infrequently? Can you 'blind' activation to the internet so it can't check to see it's been activated elsewhere, or just use some other kind of 'unofficial method' to keep the old install happy while the replacement is happening (old install is going to be nuked eventually regardless)?

I miss the days when it was just a CD key and that was it.

based on my experiences with, er, less than legitimate systems (can't really avoid em over here!), it seems to check for the product key once every several months. But you have a retail copy of Windows 7, so just swap your mobos and it should be fine. I think as long as you aren't changing mobos a half dozen times in the span of a few months Microsoft doesn't care. Worst case scenario you call Microsoft, let them know the situation, and they reset things for you.

The return is set up now so I should be getting a Z77 replacement before I send off the H77, so hopefully that's the path of least resistance and it functions as a drop in replacement.

I guess the way intel differentiates between products is a pain in the rear to start with, but I thought the main difference was PCIe lanes, but it was not to be (load the intel pages for this and this up, and flick between them). I'd guess there's more to it when it comes to the multiplier unlock, but it seems that functional difference will be enacted by a little bit of BIOS code. At least I know the procedure for putting bits on this mobo now.

For about 6 weeks, my computer was failing. We'd replace one part, the system would work for a day or two, then quit...etc..

I had to reinstall windows 11 times. The only time it did a full reauthorization was after I replaced the motherboard. It was painless. (Well, as painless as installing windows can be. )

Follow up:
Swapped out the motherboard, and windows lost it's activation giving me 30 seconds to comply 3 days to reactivate. Automatic reactivation didn't work, so onto the automated phone system with the robotic lady, a bunch of numbers being exchanged and it's reactivated.

Scratched wrote:

Follow up:
Swapped out the motherboard, and windows lost it's activation giving me 30 seconds to comply 3 days to reactivate. Automatic reactivation didn't work, so onto the automated phone system with the robotic lady, a bunch of numbers being exchanged and it's reactivated.

Glad to see you weren't forced to purchase a new copy. I had a similar problem with Vista a few years back, and after going through the robotic lady with the numbers etc which failed - then I got put through to a real operator and basically had to convince her that I wasn't trying to steal Vista haha. She sorted it for me though in the end. Seems as though its gotten a little better.